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It takes something spectacular to bowl me over when it comes to Christmas gifts. I’m over perfume and body lotion sets for a start yet every year the competition is more fierce with the shops awash with countless gift sets. It’s one thing to couple together best-selling products, it’s another to do something totally different altogether.

Last week bareMinerals unveiled their Christmas gift sets over a few mince pies and clapping eyes on them, it’s no wonder they are bursting to show them off. Ranging from stocking fillers costing £15 to stellar sets for £45, bareMinerals has properly pulled out all the stops for this year’s festive period.

Among the selection is a Christmas cracker filled with pots of their loose eyeshadows. Lots of pots of it. Well, 20 to be precise. It’s called Degrees of Dazzling (£59) and is worth £200. It’s also currently sold out on bareMinerals’ website. *stamps feet in annoyance* Why? This is crack for eyeshadow fiends like me!

Nonetheless, I do have a few firm favourites from bareMinerals’ Christmas selection.

First up is Perfect Ten – 10 coveted shades for the eyes, lips and cheeks in a slim travel make-up clutch. Included are bareMinerals READY® eyeshadows, a blusher, a luminizer and two Marvelous MoxieTM lipsticks.


The bareMinerals READY® Face & Body Luminizer (£35), which is too pretty to use, is flying off the shelves. It’s a deluxe, limited-edition version of bareMinerals’ solid mineral powder features three shimmering shades to swirl together and lightly sweep onto cheekbones, shoulders, decollete and anywhere else you want to glow, or apply individually for a dazzling touch of peach, bronze or ivory luminescence.


However, the stand-out product for me is the new bareMinerals READY® Convertible Eyeshadow Palette (£45). Genius idea! A selection of 12 flattering eyeshadows for all skin tones that can be individually popped out at a simple push and slotted into the centre mini-compact that holds three so you can design your own on-the-go compact. The mini-compact comes away and is perfect to slip into your handbag or take on your travels. Like I said, genius!


There is an abundance of more dazzling gift ideas from bareMinerals on their website and in store in their boutiques and at stockists like Debenhams. If you order online and by 20th December, it’s free delivery for orders over £35.

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I am thrilled about today’s post because it is a guest post from a friend, a beauty blogger and an inspiring and hugely talented make-up artist. Tanzina from MakeupAtoZ has very kindly created a look that is easy to do yourself. Let me know what you think in the comments box below. I am definitely going to have a crack at it!

Hi Sheenie’s lovely people, I’ve been meaning to do a post on here for a while and here it is! Yay! Oh let me start by introducing myself, I’m Tanzina and I am behind MakeupAtoZ. It is through blogging and such I’ve become quite chummy with Sheenie whose is so lovely to me. She always says nice things about my make-up so I decided to do a step-by-step make-up look for you to recreate yourself. Here we go!


The look I created is a Glittery Cranberry Look, concentrating on the pinky berry colour palette which I thought would be really suitable for the Autumnal season. I decided to stay away from the typical berry toned lips and opted for a bright pink. Most of all I wanted to incorporate products from the Illamasqua ‘Sacred Hour’ collection and other bits I picked up from them in my recent haul.


Let’s take a look at the products list first. I used:

·         Illamasqua Reflection Palette (£34)
·         Illamasqua Beguile Pigment (£16.50)
·         Tom Ford Burnished Amber Palette (£62)
·         MAC Brown Down eye shadow (£12.50)
·         Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (£17)
·         Anastasia Brow Duality (£16)
·         Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer No.8 (£38)
·         2True Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof (£1.99)
·         Pixi Pencil Liner in Black (£11)
·         BareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara (£16)
·         Ardell 117 Lashes (£5.49)
·         Illamasqua ‘Peaked’ Velvet Blush (£18)
·         Illamasqua Eurydice (£16.50)


I filled in my brows with the Anastasia Brow Powder and highlighted under the brow slightly with the Anastasia Brow Duality. Then what I did was start by applying Pericipe from the Reflection palette all over my lid. I topped that up with Beguile pigment and then used Acute from the palette to deepen the crease. Using a deep berry tone from the Tom Ford palette (you can use any berry tone you have) I applied that over the crease colour and slightly above it. Then I blended away.


Next I added Acute under the bottom lash line, and in the 6th picture you can see me add the berry tone on top of that. I then went ahead and added pencil liner in my water line, lined my eyes with liquid eyeliner and added mascara. In the final slightly out of focus picture you can really see the glitter and also the set of lashes I added. The finished eye look is below.



After concealing under the eye and around the mouth using Kevyn Aucoin, I decided to finish the lips. Now this would be the stage foundation wearers apply foundation, you want to clean up under your eye and then do the base to avoid fallout streaking all over your face. For lips I opted for a gorgeous matte pink, I think this quickly becoming my favourite pink – Illamasqua Eurydice.


So the finished look. In this picture I contoured my cheeks with MAC Brown Down (a matte brown shade) and added Illamasqua Peaked on to the cheeks. I usually hate cream blushes but I really do like this one as it isn’t tacky and the finish is gorgeous.

I dab it on with my fingers, slightly blend out with my fingers and then buff it in with a synthetic brush (they work best with cream products). I have pictures of the overall look below, basically it’s just an excuse for me to publish pictures of my face!


makeupatozpiccranberrylook4I hope you liked this make-up look I created for you all and do let us know if you will be creating this look for yourself. I’d wear this out in the evening, adding a bit of glamour and sparkle to our cold autumn days.

If you’d like to keep up to date with my blog you can follow me here and also I post more make-up looks over at my Facebook page or my Instagram so do say hi! Thank you so much for having me, Sheenie and I’d love to see you have a go with this look!

Tanzina x

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BareMinerals. Whenever I hear that name, I instantly think of their their infamous tap and swirl foundation. And their no nonsense “No parabens, no binders, no fillers, no harsh chemicals, no kidding” promise.

Other than their powdered foundation and their mascara (which is brilliant), I’ve never tried any other bareMinerals cosmetics. I had dismissed bareMineral’s make-up range because collectively it didn’t strike me as something which would give me what I wanted on the basis that their foundation promotes the natural, barely-wearing-any-make-up look. 

However bareMinerals have pushed the boat out by taking their popular loose eyeshadows and reformatting them into 22 eyeshadow duos and 4 quads in pressed format, making it much more easier to manage and apply.

Seeing these new gems certainly piqued my interest when I was perusing in their boutique recently and when bareMinerals kindly sent me a selection to try, I was excited.

Firstly the packaging is superb. The eyeshadows are pressed in a soft black, almost rubber-like material compact. I love the feel and design of them: lightweight yet secure and very slim that they’ll slip into your make-up bag with ease. Inside the compact comes with a big mirror and a miniature applicator.

Below is how they look when I had a play with them… (I apologise for the messy work – was in a hurry!)

Quad The Soundtrack comprises of shades Rhythm (buttercream), Louder (burnished copper), Remix (burnished gold) and Speaker Box (shimmering gunmetal and is a perfect mix of rich autumn shades.

Duo Alter Ego is my favourite partnership: Wicked (a shimmery pale green) with Daring (mauve). When blended together the latter morphs into a deep emerald green. Stunning and distinctive, it reminds me of Nars’s Dogon. Look at it! Isn’t it beautiful?

with flash

The above shot is what I mean by the mauve looking emerald green when blended with Daring (taken with flash).

I screwed my face up at The Honeymoon Phase. Why? Well Giddy is a powdery pale pink that does not bode well with my skin tone so I was apprehensive about wearing it with Do Not Disturb, a slate grey with gold speckles (yes, more my type).

It is very powdery and pressing it onto my lids resulted in my fears coming true but when it settles it transforms into a soft, dusky pink/lilac with the grey. Just a small amount of Do Not Disturb is needed though I imagine it will look stunning when layered up for a dark, smokey look.

OK I take it back about Alter Ego, this one is The Vision and it is a vision to behold. Illusion is a pale matt aqua green and Mirage is be-au-ti-ful irridescent pearl shadow. It is a brownish moss colour but looks purple when blended against and Illusion. Together these two are an electric combination.

The Scenic Route features Breathtaking, a white with gold shimmer and Spectacular, a light golden olive.

Pigmentation on these eyeshadows is amazing. They’re so soft and creamy (but do not crumble), stay on the brush and blend beautifully. The shades may look odd but they surprisingly contrast so well (like the Nars duo palettes).

The compacts are cute and the colours are vivid and versatile. They can be worn with a day look (as demonstrated above) or you can create smokey eyes for the evening. That’s something I am looking forward to trying.

I’ve never tried bareMinerals’ loose eyeshadows and to be honest, was dubious about how mineral based eye make-up would hold up  but this is love. They are long wearing (some of these pictures were taken after 6 hours). I used a primer and a base so the colours popped more but that’s just a habit of mine.

BareMinerals READY eyeshadow duos are priced at £19 and the quads are £29. They are available to buy at, in their Boutique stores and their concession counters.

*PR samples*

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